Caitlin and Erica sample Harmony Rose at Emerald Spirit Botanicals. Flower photography by Kandid Kush, garden photography by Erica Edwards.



After recording our upcoming 4/20 podcast, it occurred to me too late that I should have mentioned the time I wrote a 4/20 article for my high school newspaper, back when I was an innocent not-yet-pothead. So I decided to pull the article from my archives to share here.



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Cannabis is considered to be a water-intensive crop, but master grower Sunshine Johnston of Sunboldt Grown in Humboldt County is showing that dry-farming (a technique that utilizes seasonal water abundance) can actually produce a higher concentration of flavors. Although her plants have not been watered all season, they are healthy and thriving in the rich native soil. By harvest time, these full-season flowers are gorgeous, sticky, and luscious, with plenty of bling.


Standing among towering sunflowers overlooking a terraced garden, one can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude and admiration for this slice of paradise. HappyDay Farms is a diversified, Clean Green Certified, off-grid, multigenerational family farm tucked away on a hillside in northern Mendocino County, with views of rolling hills stretching as far as the eye can see. Lush cannabis plants are accompanied by a plethora of plump produce, colorful flowers, and healing herbs.



Discussing Dankness with Mark Haskell Smith

Mark Haskell Smith's book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup inspired in 2012. We visited him in Los Angeles to catch up while vaping Durban Poison from Cornerstone Collective and smoking Guava Chem from Farma.


The International Cannabis Farmers Association’s farm tours and community gathering in early June provided a wonderful reminder that six degrees of separation are more like two degrees in the Emerald Triangle. While Northern California’s cannabis community may appear large and widely dispersed, it is in fact a somewhat small, supportive, and tightly knit family.



As soon as I discovered White Rabbit High Tea on Instagram, I knew we had to plan a trip to Los Angeles to experience one of Jessica Eriksen’s wonderfully whimsical events, and in late May we were delighted to attend her playful pastel tea party at Super Future Studios.



The second Cultivation Classic took place on May 12, 2017 at Revolution Hall, where cannabis consumption was not allowed. The lack of smoke in the air made for a more academic and businesslike atmosphere, and though there was a bar serving drinks, with so much fascinating information being dispensed by the panelists, we rarely left our seats in the auditorium.



Touring the gardens of Moon Gazer Farms is like wandering into a fairy tale. It isn't just the quaint meadow of flowers or newly planted orchard promising fruits of the earth, the sweeping views or early growth of spring. It's also the loving dedication to the land that casts a bewitching sense of harmony and wonder.



Caitlin and Erica sample Dream Dog Kush with Josh and Sandra of Moon Gazer Farms. Flower photography by Kandid Kush.


Amidst the forested foothills at the junction of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, a steeply terraced garden sits resplendent with row after row of dazzlingly vibrant cannabis in magnificent full bloom. On this south-facing slope in southern Oregon, chuffy colas gleam with vigorous vitality as they bask in the midmorning sun. A kaleidoscopic array glows in vivid shades of green, splashed with bright yellow fennel and dotted with plush purple buds radiating florid fuchsia pistils.

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Take the 101 north from San Francisco, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and passing through the suburbs of Marin and the vineyards of Sonoma and Mendocino. The trees along the road grow increasingly imposing as you wind your way through the rural landscape, and when you find yourself surrounded by ancient 300-foot-tall redwoods, you’ll know you’ve reached Humboldt County.



Flower Girls are discerning devotees who congregate in order to elevate our appreciation of the cannabis flower. This smoking society is a forum for the cultivation of connoisseurship, wherein we discuss the intricacies of various flowers and highlight those we deem the dankest.

When Flower Girls gather for a tasting session, we strive to smoke mindfully, sharing insights and observations, considering origin, appearance, aroma, flavor, and effect...

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The last time I visited Amsterdam I was a college junior and a nightly toker, but all I knew about cannabis was that I liked it. A decade later, I was back — now a bona fide NorCal pot snob, there to celebrate the New Year with my husband, my parents, my sister, and my brother-in-law.

Cannabis is not technically legal in Amsterdam, only “tolerated,” and this places the plant in a particular cultural context... 

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